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2021 Fantasy Football Best Ball: Target Drew Lock

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What better way to return to writing about the NFL than with reasons to target Drew Lock in upcoming 2021 Fantasy Football Best Ball Drafts!

If you participate in Best Ball tournaments, I recommend playing on Underdog Fantasy. They hosted a great Best Ball Championship last season.

Hopefully, I can convince you why you should take a shot with the Denver Broncos QB on all your Best Ball teams.

Don’t forget, the Broncos will be looking to add even more weapons via free agency or the NFL Draft to give you even more reasons to target Lock!

2021 Fantasy Football Best Ball: Target Drew Lock

Drew Lock has only shown us his floor

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Drew Lock has not had the chance to show his best self on the field, but he has shown us the worst possible outcome.

Between his rookie and sophomore seasons, Lock has played in 18 games.

One of those games includes a matchup with the Pittsburgh Steelers in which Lock got injured and only attempted five passes.

Over his last 16 games played Lock has thrown for 3,510 yards, 18 touchdowns and 16 interceptions. He has added three rushing touchdowns and 202 rushing yards. After subtracting his four lost fumbles, Drew Lock has totaled 226.6 Fantasy points in his last 16 full games played.

Drew Lock didn’t have Courtland Sutton

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Sutton only had one target from Drew Lock in 2020. Due to injuries on both ends, these players only got onto the field together in that Week 2 matchup against Pittsburgh that Lock got hurt.

In 2019, Lock and Sutton averaged 8 targets per game for an average of 56 yards. At that pace, over 16 games, it would put Sutton at 896 yards.

Sutton finished his 2019 season while playing with multiple quarterbacks and still racked up 1,112 yards and 6 touchdowns.

The injury to Sutton left Lock with a non-optimal WR corps. Rookie wide receiver Jerry Jeudy led the team in targets (113) and receiving yards (856), but only caught 46% of his targets.

Tight end Noah Fant was second on the team with 93 targets.

After those two, Lock was targeting Tim Patrick, DaeSean Hamilton and another rookie in K.J. Hamler.

Patrick, who had only racked up 533 total yards and one touchdown through his first two seasons, had a breakout year with 742 yards and six touchdowns.

Injuries plagued the Denver Broncos

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The Denver Broncos had an overlooked season when it came to injuries. This was all foreshadowed when Von Miller was ruled out for the year before the season even started.

On offense, these are the injuries the Broncos had to deal with:

  • Courtland Sutton tore his ACL in Week 2
  • Melvin Gordon played fifteen games but only started ten due to injuries
  • Phillip Lindsay missed six games to injury
  • Noah Fant missed two games but only played in a “full” thirteen games
    • This isn’t including him battling those injuries since his return in Week 6

On top of those injuries, starting right tackle Ja’Wuan James opted out this year due to COVID-19 concerns.

Oh, and there was one week that there were no eligible quarterbacks to play because of COVID so wide receiver Kendall Hinton suited up and played QB!

Best Ball reasons to Draft Drew Lock

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As stated before, Lock is a QB who can boast 4,000 yards from scrimmage with 20+ touchdowns. Comparing his stats with past-season finishes, Lock is at worst a low QB2.

Besides Carson Wentz with the Philadelphia Eagles this past season, not many quarterbacks had the odds stacked against them this bad.

Lock faces the Las Vegas Raiders, Kansas City Chiefs, and Los Angeles Chargers twice each season. That’s six possible shootouts each season.

I believe in 2021, we may be seeing a possible outing from Lock that resembles a 2015 Blake Bortles. That was the year Bortles finished as a top 10 Fantasy QB.

Lock shouldn’t be your first QB drafted in any league or any “normal scored” format. As of right now, Lock is one of the most underbought players. In a 12 team Best ball format with the future rookies to be drafted, Drew lock ADP is between 205 – 216. This means he is in deep sleeper territory; he is accompanied by players such as Darrynton Evans, Kalen Ballage, and Salvon Ahmed.

You are paying QB3 prices for someone who could make it into your Best Ball lineups multiple weeks.

Hopefully, I was able to convince you with my reasons to draft Drew Lock as a Fantasy Best Ball target in 2021


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About Davis Peng

I am a Fantasy Football Fanatic, there is no such thing as an offseason to me. Having dabbled in competitive Best Ball the last few years even finishing in the semi finals for Draft Best Ball Championship in 2018 and making it to the second round with numerous teams in 2018/2019. Hoping to shed some light and knowledge for Best Ball players.

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